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A Selection from The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs

A Selection from The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs (Fellside FE047)

A Selection from The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs
Various Artists

Fellside Recordings FE047 (LP, UK, 1986)
Fellside Recordings FECD47 (CD, UK, 1994)

A Selection from The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs (Fellside FECD47)

All tracks traditional, arranged by the artists.
Recorded and produced by Paul Adams 1985, 1993, and 1994.

The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs (Penguin 1980) All songs have been taken from The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs, selected and edited by Ralph Vaughan Williams & A.L. Lloyd, Penguin, 1959. This gem had been out of print for a long time, but in 2003 it has finally been re-published by the English Folk Dance and Song Society as Classic English Folk Songs, revised by Malcolm Douglas and with a new bibliography by David Atkinson and a foreword by Martin Carthy.

Compare to this A.L. Lloyd's album England & Her Traditional Songs: A Selection from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs.

Musicians

Linda Adams: vocals, English concertina;
John Bowden: vocals, Anglo concertina;
Martin Carthy: vocals, guitar;
Roy Harris: vocals;
Jez Lowe: vocals, guitar, cittern, harmonica, Appalachian dulcimer, keyboards

LP Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. When I Was Young (Roud 2593) (2.47)
    Jez Lowe: vocal, dulcimer; Martin Carthy: guitar; Linda Adams: concertina
  2. The Gaol Song (Roud 1077) (4.35)
    Roy Harris: vocal; Martin Carthy: guitar
  3. The Whale Catchers (Roud 3291) (3.01)
    Martin Carthy: vocal, guitar
  4. Young and Single Sailor (Roud 264) (3.42)
    Linda Adams: vocal; Jez Lowe: guitar, dulcimer
  5. The False Bride (Roud 154; G/D 6:1198) (3.05)
    John Bowden: vocal, concertina; Martin Carthy: guitar
  6. Ratcliffe Highway (Roud 598) (2.29)
    Roy Harris: vocal; John Bowden: concertina; Jez Lowe: cittern; Martin Carthy: guitar
  1. The Grey Cock (Roud 179; Child 248) (5.20)
    Jez Lowe: vocal, guitar, keyboards; Linda Adams: harmony vocal
  2. Basket of Eggs (Roud 377; G/D 2:307) (3.55)
    Linda Adams: vocal; John Bowden; concertina; Jez Lowe: cittern
  3. One Night As I Lay on My Bed (Roud 672) (2.06)
    Roy Harris: vocal
  4. Banks of Green Willow (Roud 172; Child 24; G/D 6:1225) (2.46)
    Martin Carthy: vocal, guitar; Jez Lowe: harmonicas
  5. All Things Are Quite Silent (Roud 2532) (2.28)
    Linda Adams: vocal
  6. Banks of Newfoundland (Roud 1812; Laws K25) (4.21)
    John Bowden: vocal, concertina; Martin Carthy: guitar, chorus; Jez Lowe: cittern, chorus; Roy Harris, Paul Adams: chorus

An alternate take of Banks of Green Willow with Martin Carthy, John Bowden, Jez Lowe, Linda Adams, Roy Harris and Paul Adams under the name “The Famous Five + 1” was released on the Fellside Records sampler Flash Company. On this version, Paul Adams is singing instead of Martin Carthy.

Martin Carthy's The Whale Catchers was re-released in 2001 on the 4CD compilation The Carthy Chronicles.

CD Tracks

The CD has three extra tracks, The Golden Vanity, The Green Bed, and The Streams of Lovely Nancy:

  1. The Golden Vanity (Roud 122; Child 286; G/D 1:37) (3.54)
    Jez Lowe: vocal, guitar; Linda Adams: concertina
  2. Young and Single Sailor (Roud 264) (3.42)
    Linda Adams: vocal; Jez Lowe: guitar, dulcimer
  3. The Whale Catchers (Roud 3291) (3.01)
    Martin Carthy: vocal, guitar
  4. The False Bride (Roud 154; G/D 6:1198) (3.05)
    John Bowden: vocal, concertina; Martin Carthy: guitar
  5. Ratcliffe Highway (Roud 698) (2.29)
    Roy Harris: vocal; John Bowden: concertina; Jez Lowe: cittern; Martin Carthy: guitar
  6. The Green Bed (Roud 276; Laws K36; G/D 1:48; Henry H779) (4.53)
    Martin Carthy: vocal
  7. When I Was Young (Roud 2593) (2.47)
    Jez Lowe: vocal, dulcimer; Martin Carthy: guitar; Linda Adams: concertina
  8. The Streams of Lovely Nancy (Roud 688; Henry H520) (3.17)
    Linda Adams: vocal; Jez Lowe: guitar
  9. One Night As I Lay on My Bed (Roud 672) (2.06)
    Roy Harris: vocal
  10. Basket of Eggs (Roud 377; G/D 2:307) (3.55)
    Linda Adams: vocal; John Bowden; concertina; Jez Lowe: cittern
  11. Banks of Green Willow (Roud 172; Child 24; G/D 6:1225) (2.46)
    Martin Carthy: vocal, guitar; Jez Lowe: harmonicas
  12. The Grey Cock (Roud 179; Child 248) (5.20)
    Jez Lowe: vocal, guitar, keyboards; Linda Adams: harmony vocal
  13. The Gaol Song (Roud 1077) (4.35)
    Roy Harris: vocal; Martin Carthy: guitar
  14. All Things Are Quite Silent (Roud 2532) (2.28)
    Linda Adams: vocal
  15. Banks of Newfoundland (Roud 1812; Laws K25) (4.21)
    John Bowden: vocal, concertina; Martin Carthy: guitar, chorus; Jez Lowe: cittern, chorus; Roy Harris, Paul Adams: chorus